University of Florida

Best career services

Students pack the stadiums

Best college newspaper

Lots of Greek life

Top 75 public value college

Lots of beer
Lots of hard liquor
Party school
Jock school

Students study the least
Worst dorms
Least politically active students

Source: The Princeton Review, The Best 378 Colleges, 2014 Edition

Quick Facts:
Address 201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
Metropolitan Area Gainesville
Yearly Tuition In/Out-of-State $6,263/$28,541
School Type Public
Year Founded 1853
U.S. News Ranking Best National Universities, #49
Best Online Degree Programs, #34
School Website

The University of Florida is probably the most prestigious public education institution in Florida. Year after year it is recognized as one of the “public ivies” and has been ranked the number two school in the nation for best buys in education by Kiplinger’s. UF also appears on the Fiske list of the 41 Best Buys of 2014. It is a very large school, with programs in almost any area imaginable.

2013 Admissions Data

Fall Application Deadline November 1
Acceptance Rate 44%
Average High School GPA 4.2
Average SAT Scores Critical Reading: 580-670
Math: 590-690
Writing: 570-670
Average ACT Scores Math: 25-31
English: 25-31
Writing: 8-9
Application Fee $30
Priority Financial Aid Deadline March 15

For such a prestigious institution, the admission rate for UF isn’t that low. However, it has been trending slightly downward over the years.


Number of Majors Offered 118
Most Popular Majors Biology/Biological Sciences
Mechanical Engineering
Student to Faculty Ratio 21:1
Four Year Graduation Rate 64%

In addition to being recognized for providing one of the best educations for the buck, the University of Florida is also recognized as having particularly strong programs in certain areas. This is most notable for programs in business, engineering, journalism and law.

Unsurprisingly, it’s UF that has the most academic programs making appearances of all the colleges and universities in Florida on the 2014 Fiske guide for preprofessionals. Their programs that make those lists are in architecture, business, journalism, engineering and film/television.

If you have a 4.0 GPA and scored at least 1400 on the SAT, you will be invited into UF’s honors program. You will be able to attend unique courses with fewer students and have the opportunity to live in the Honors Residential College, smarty pants.

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Student Body

Undergraduates 32,000
Graduates 18,000
Male to Female Ratio 45:55
Student Heritage

There are all kinds of students at this large university, but they all share the fact that they feel like they are part of a real community and most do a good job of balancing their school work with having a good time.

Student Life

Life in Gainesville seems to revolve around UF, and there is a decent bar scene and lots of parties, if that’s your thing.

There are several freshwater springs not too far from Gainesville great for tubing and swimming.

For Gators football is a way of life. The universities other team sports are also very successful and have a large following. Additionally the recreation facilities available to students on the UF campus are very good.

At UF Greek life is very popular.

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